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STATEMENT BY H.E. THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

 

MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI 

 

AT THE ESWATINI ECONOMIC CONFERENCE

 

ROYAL SWAZI SPA

 

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2019

 

Your Royal Highnesses,

Honourable Ministers,

Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Presiding Officers and Members of both Houses of Parliament

Governor of the Central Bank of Eswatini,

Executive Director of ESEPARC,

Vice Chancellor of the University of Eswatini,

Commissioner General of Eswatini Revenue Authority,

Senior Government Officials

CEO’s of Parastatals

Captains of Industry 

Private Sector and NGO Representatives,

Members of the Media,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

I am honoured to join you here today to be part of this second instalment of the Eswatini Economic Conference themed KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION, AND DEVELOPMENT IN ESWATINI: CURRENT AND FUTURE PROSPECTS’.

May I from the onset register my appreciation for the opportunity to celebrate with you the outstanding research work done by Emaswati in addressing topical economic policy issues on how to stimulate economic growth and sustainability.  This comes at a critical time when research based and data driven information is crucial to informed decision making to help steer our economy to the right direction.

Allow me therefore to commend ESEPARC, the Central Bank of Eswatini, and the University of Eswatini for putting together this important knowledge-sharing platform to create space for economic policy dialogue between researchers, policy makers, captains of industry, development practitioners and the public.

We may recall that the first Eswatini Economic Conference held in 2017 emphasised the importance of preparing the Kingdom for the economic challenges emanating from the global and regional economy by boosting the roles of science, technology and innovation, including knowledge generation and management in building a competitive economy. It was suggested these issues should be pursued more vigorously in future conferences. It is therefore befitting that this year’s conference is centred on current and future prospects of ‘KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION, and DEVELOPMENT IN ESWATINI’.

In essence, we are all here today to discuss ways of igniting the knowledge economy that Eswatini can harness at a time when the global economy is on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this new way of life, technology will disrupt the way we live, the way we produce goods and services and how we relate to one another as individuals, countries and economies. Our lives and economy will be driven by smart technologies in our homes, workplaces and factories where machines will connect through the Internet of Things and Internet of Systems to interact and make decisions autonomously.

To thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, Eswatini must embrace science, technology and innovation, and all other aspects of the knowledge economy. The extent to which the country leverages knowledge and innovation as the cornerstone of our economic make-up will determine Eswatini’s pace on social and economic development. No one, and certainly no country, can afford to ignore or be intimidated by the 4th Industrial Revolution as it comes with many avenues for unlocking opportunities for our younger generations for many years to come. I therefore encourage you to diligently interrogate these opportunities so that they can be brought to the forefront of our economic policy discourse here onwards.

Programme Director, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Government has launched a Strategic Roadmap that aims, among other things, to increase our footprint in the ICT space, create wealth and improve the living standards of all Emaswati. The Roadmap precedes several other programmes initiated by Government to create a path for innovation and sustained economic growth. One of these programmes was the launch of the Royal Science and Technology Park, which is evidence of Government’s commitment to materialise the Knowledge Economy and improve the country’s capacity for innovation and competitiveness.

Through this 2019-2023 Strategic Roadmap, Government commits to addressing structural bottlenecks that inhibit growth in order to boost investment, stimulate private sector growth, accelerate human capital development, achieve policy certainty and develop measures to shield the economy against global shocks.

For such noble intentions to materialise, Government will rely on fruitful partnerships such as this one where the public and private sector come together with ideas to accelerate social and economic development in the Kingdom.  The Government recognises the importance of creating the “Eswatini we want” and thus building a competitive industrial base is key. This will require finding unique opportunities or value chains for industrialisation, prioritising Eswatini’s trade agreements, as well as operationalising Special Economic Zones.

It is without doubt that only a stable macroeconomic and financial system can foster the required sustainable level of economic growth that will be achieved through investments, employment and increased production and productivity.

As such, the research and macro-forecasting tools employed by the Central Bank of Eswatini through its macro-prudential mandate will play a huge role in ensuring that the economy of Eswatini operates in a conducive macroeconomic environment.

It is also important to note that the technological disruptions presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution have also come with developments in the financial technology industry (Fintech). We have seen how mobile money has played a huge role in contributing to increased financial inclusion in Eswatini. It is such technologies that will allow the country to move up the financial services value chain. Research on the opportunities and risks presented by Fintech developments is also crucial.

Research is also needed to improve and sustain the different development projects which Government has invested in across the country aimed at empowering communities to improve their quality of life. It is research that will show us various new methods and technologies that can be applied to accelerate production and development in an efficient manner.

Although institutions such as ESEPARC, the Central Bank and UNESWA continue to produce quality research, the Government of Eswatini recognises that there is still a need to increase funding towards research and development projects in the economy.

We note the ESEPARC study that recommends putting in place mechanisms to amplify private sector participation in the funding and performance of research and development.

As I conclude, may I take this opportunity to acknowledge the support of partners from national and international organisations, particularly the Eswatini Revenue Authority, First National Bank Eswatini, the Royal Science and Technology Park, the United Nations Development Programme and Eswatini Communications Commission. My gratitude also goes to the tripartite institutions that have made this Eswatini Economic Conference possible.

 

I look forward to receiving the economic policy recommendations emanating from this Conference. I am optimistic that the recommendations that will come from this Conference will go a long way in complementing and supporting the development initiatives initiated by the Government for poverty alleviation and economic renewal of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

It now gives me pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare the Eswatini Economic Conference 2019 officially open.

Thank you. May God bless us all.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

MR. AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE HIGH LEVEL BUSINESS FORUM ON THE E-COMMERCE PLATFORM

MAVUSO TRADE & EXHIBITION CENTRE 

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2019

 

Your Royal Highnesses

Chiefs

Deputy Prime Minister

Cabinet Ministers

Excellencies, Heads of Intergovernmental Organisations and their Representatives

Excellences, Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Mr Malualem Syoum, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the African E-Commerce Trade Group and its Members

Honourable Members of both Houses of Parliament

Captains of Industry

Representatives from the Media

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I am honoured, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to welcome you all to this High Level Business Forum. This Forum is part of the programme lined-up for the launch of the Regional Office for Southern Africa E-Commerce Platform set for tomorrow.

When His Majesty King Mswati III confirmed the dates for the launch, Government found it prudent to organize a Business Forum that will provide a platform for stakeholders to interact and engage on this subject pertaining to the rapid digitilization of the global economy.

I personally have a strong background in the private sector, where I became aware of the importance of such platforms for networking and giving birth to business opportunities and subsequent deals that bring tangible benefits. I have no doubt that each one of you has been led and persuaded by a willing heart, to honour our invitation and join us in this new initiative for Africa on the E-Commerce Platforms.

Our leaders in the African continent have already taken a lead in identifying a major challenge for Africa, which is the low level of intra-Africa trade and our continued marginalisation in the global digital economy.  Intra African trade stands at around 15% compared to approximately 60%, 40% and 30% of intra-regional trade that has been achieved in Europe, North America and South East Asia, respectively. 

By the same vein, Africa lags behind in the global digital economy and is not represented in the world’s 70 largest digital platform companies, in terms of their digital wealth.

It is undoubtedly a giant leap that our leaders have not only identified these two problems but have taken the necessary and long-overdue step to put in place mechanisms that will address these problems. The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides our continent with hope and a roadmap for Africa to journey the path of addressing the low levels of intra-continental trade.

Supporting trade in goods is Africa’s commitment to liberalise trade in services, in the agreed facilitative priority sectors of Business, Communications, Financial, Tourism and Transport Services.  In addition, as part of the AfCFTA agenda, Africa will cooperate in the areas of Investment, Competition Policy and Intellectual Property, which are equally important pillars in supporting trade in goods and services.

The partnership that the African Union has established with the African Electronic Trade Group is one of the many efforts that are being implemented to address the widening and worsening gap between the under-connected, which is Africa, and the hyper-digitalized countries in other regions. This gap cannot be tackled by Governments alone, but a multi stakeholdership that has a shared mission and vision to raise the standard of living of the African people through transformative digitalization.

It is heartening to note that the African Electronic Trade Group has a vision “to transform Africa’s socio-economic environment by enabling African countries, communities, people and small and medium scale enterprises to leverage modern information and communication technologies”. This vision is equally embedded in our respective national development strategies in the continent.

Programme Director, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to note that the private sector is adequately represented in this Forum today. The Digital Economy Report of 2019, recently released by the United National Conference on Trade and Development, states that businesses that build digital platforms have a major advantage in the data driven economy.

The report notes that 40% of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization have a platform-based business model.  It further clarifies that we are in the early days of data-driven economy because by 2022 the global internet protocol traffic is projected to reach 150, 700 Gigabytes per second.

I have confidence that as you engage today, you will come up with practical suggestions and solutions on how Africa can position herself in this evolving data value chain, composed of private entities which support data collection, data storage, analysis and modelling. Our message to the private sector as Governments is simple - we are in this together. Your success is shared and felt across all facets of the economy.

We are prepared to listen to your suggestions to ensure that we adequately provide the necessary regulatory framework that would promote your meaningful participation in the digital economy. May I also challenge you to be open to new technologies such as blockchain, data analytics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, Internet of Things, automation, robotics and cloud computing, to remain relevant and not be left behind.

It is now my pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare this Business Forum officially opened.

 

Thank you.

GOVERNMENT PRESS STATEMENT

NO:20/2019

PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FOR CABINET

Following several media reports to the effect that Government will buy new vehicles for Cabinet Ministers, Members of Royal Councils, Parliamentarians, Regional Administrators, the Attorney General and others as per the report of the Royal Commission, we wish to state the following:

  • While the report of the Royal Commission on politicians’ remuneration points at availing specific vehicles as an entitlement for Cabinet, it has not ordered Government to immediately process a procurement of these vehicles for the use of Cabinet. As such, insinuations that Government will soon purchase vehicles for the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers are totally misleading and misinformed.
  • Government stands by its November 22, 2018 statement on austerity measures aimed at enhancing fiscal prudence and controls which states that no new vehicles will be bought for Cabinet in the interim as Government intensifies efforts to revive the economy.
  • The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers will continue to use vehicles from the existing government pool and no attempt is being made to purchase new vehicles.
  • Government remains committed to reducing unnecessary expenditure to achieve sustainable economic growth.
  • We will continue to appeal for accuracy and responsible journalism to avoid inciting the public against Government based on misinformation and speculation.

Percy N. Simelane                                                              23 August 2019

Government Spokesman

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER 

MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI 

AT THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS COMPETITION 2019 

GEORGE HOTEL, MANZINI 

THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2019

 

Honourable Ministers

Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps

Senior Government officials

JA Africa CEO, Miss Elizabeth Bintliff

Chairperson and Board of Junior Achievement Eswatini

Executive Director and Staff of Junior Achievement Eswatini

Competition Judges

Junior Achievement Sponsors

Captains of Industry

Principals, Teachers and Facilitators in the JA Schools

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am always excited to be part of proceedings that promote youth entrepreneurship - and today is no different.

May I register my appreciation and honour for the opportunity to witness this 11th edition of the Schools Company of the year competition, and congratulate Junior Achievement Eswatini for hosting another successful edition.

I take this opportunity, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to extend a warm welcome to the Africa CEO of Junior Achievement Ms Elizabeth Bintliff to the Kingdom of Eswatini and hope your presence will inspire our excellent Eswatini JA Chapter to reach more heights in the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in schools.

There remains no doubt that entrepreneurship is a smart tool that can be effectively used to eradicate unemployment and, in extension, poverty and social ills in society. Indeed entrepreneurship is regarded by many as the gateway to self-sustainability and economic development and empowerment. Many scholars have described entrepreneurship as not just the process of starting a venture, but creating value in the midst of risk.  

The unfortunate dent is that unemployment has the tendency of mainly affecting the youth who have no experience to use as leverage to obtaining a job. This is where entrepreneurship education becomes vital to equip our young people with the skills to innovate and create ventures that will not only allow them to make a decent living but provide employment opportunities for others. It is where Junior Achievement derives its value.

In his Speech from the Throne early in the year, His Majesty King Mswati III instructed Government to upscale youth empowerment programmes to ensure that young people have access to opportunities that will enhance their growth enabling all to make a meaningful contribution to the economic renewal and stability of this country.

It is for this reason that Government has revived the Youth Enterprise Revolving Fund which has already offered business loans to 43 young business people who are projected to create over 120 jobs. The process of releasing more funds to a new group of applicants is underway and is being coordinated by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs. May I encourage all the young budding entrepreneurs whom we have seen here today to come up with attracting business proposals that will enable you to access these funds. The Youth Fund does not just turn down any application but provides guidance on how the applicant can improve their application for the future.

As renowned young author and speaker Adora Svitak says, (I quote) “There’s no committee that decides this is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t. Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” (unquote).

Government is determined to provide the necessary impetus and conducive environment to allow for the smooth and regulated growth of the private sector.

The private sector has consistently been the engine of economic growth for many nations and Eswatini is no exception as ably identified by the Strategic Roadmap which was launched in May of this year. The Roadmap identifies five key sectors of growth for the Government over the next five years. They are Education and ICT, Mining and Energy, Manufacturing and Agro processing, Agriculture and Tourism. We all have the responsibility to ensure that these plans are effectively implemented for the advancement of all Emaswati.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the success and exponential growth of the Junior Achievement (JA) Eswatini programme over the years is exciting. I am told that this year, a total of 55 schools participated in the programme, reaching over 1500 students on the JA company programme, 6500 on Financial Literacy education and about 500 students were placed in 94 companies for 5 days to experience the world of work under the JA Job Shadow programme. What is more gratifying is that a majority of these schools are in rural areas where the rate of unemployment remains high.

While entrepreneurship education remains a priority in schools, the challenge is to extend such skills to out of school youth and offering business mentorship to all young people venturing into the business space. May I acknowledge JA Eswatini for occupying this space and offering an out of school programme which reached 260 young people this year. This is a remarkable accomplishment and I take this opportunity to encourage JA to continue on this trajectory of growth by reaching more young Emaswati across the land.

Government is determined to continue supporting youth empowerment programmes as we have financially backed the JA programme and other similar programmes over the years.

And no one can doubt the innovative and competitive spirit of young Emaswati as evidenced by the number of times the schools champions of the Eswatini JA competition have conquered the rest of Africa. We should all be proud that this programme has produced four African champions from Eswatini in eight attempts. This speaks to the value this programme adds to the process of inculcating an entrepreneurship culture among the youth of this country.

My gratitude goes to all the sponsors of JA Eswatini, including the companies who have partnered with JA in both the Out of School youth programme and the Job Shadow programme. I also wish to thank the Embassy of Taiwan for the consistent support to the youth of Eswatini.

We would not be gathered here if it was not for the amazing work of teachers who have taken this calling with determination and dedication. Your guidance and contribution to youth development and entrepreneurship is appreciated and valued.

As I conclude, may I congratulate all schools who have taken part in all stages of this competition.  It always sounds cliché yet true that you are all winners. If anything, competition breeds innovation and creativity which are vital components of business growth and success.

May I congratulate in advance the overall winner who will crowned today to represent the country in the JA Africa company of the year competition in Accra, Ghana. The quality and intensity of this competition gives us hope that you will raise the country’s flag and become the fifth Eswatini winner of the African Championship.

Thank you. May God bless us all.

SPEECH BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MR JABULANI MABUZA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF LUGONGODLANE DIPS TANK NO: 019 IN THE HHOHHO REGION UNDER MAYIWANE SUB STATION ON THE 25THOF JULY 2019.

 

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESSES

CHIEFS

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR OF HHOHHO REGION

HONORABLE MEMBER(S) OF PARLIAMENT

INDVUNA YENKUNDLA

INKHUNDLA COUNCIL

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

REPRESENTATIVES FROM MICRO PROJECTS

REPRESENTATIVES OF MEDIA HOUSES

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

GREETINGS TO EVERYONE. IT IS A GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS IMPORTANT EVENT HERE AT MAYIWANE FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK NO:019 UNDER HHOHHO REGION. I ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE THE PRESENCE OF ALL OF YOU IN THIS IMPORTANT GATHERING. SUCH FUNCTIONS LIKE THIS GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GOVERNMENT FOR HER GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS IN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF EMASWATI IN VARIOUS WAYS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE IN RURAL AREAS.  I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT TODAY’S WORK HAS BEEN THROUGH THE INITIATIVE OF THE LIVESTOCK OWNERS HERE AT LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK.

MICRO PROJECTS

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT IS INDEED PLEASING TO LEARN THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND IMPORTANT FACILITY HAS COME INTO EXISTENCE WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM MICRO PROJECT WHICH CONTRIBUTED A SUM OF E 266 536 THOUSANDS. WE CONGRATULATE MAYIWANE INKHUNDLA FOR HAVING BENEFITTED FROM THESE FUNDS DESIGNATED TO BRING DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMMUNITIES.  IN THIS REGARD WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO MICRO PROJECT AND WE HOPE THAT AS LONG AS YOUR OFFICE STILL EXISTS, THE COOPERATION WE ARE ENJOYING WILL BE STRENGTHENED.

COOPERATION BY LIVESTOCK OWNERS

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THIS JUNCTURE I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE LIVESTOCK OWNERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT, CONTRIBUTION AND COOPERATION THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.  I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE THAT 116 LIVESTOCK OWNERS CONTRIBUTED A SUM OF E140.00 EACH, TOWARDS THE PROJECT.  I HAVE BEEN FURTHER INFORMED THAT THE WORK OF CONSTRUCTING THE DIP TANK ONLY TOOK TWO MONTHS AS IT STARTED IN FEBRUARY 2017 AND WAS COMPLETED ON 27 MARCH 2017. THIS SHOWS GREAT COMMITMENT ON THEIR PART AND IS AN INDICATION THAT THEY REALLY NEED THE FACILITY.

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF ANIMAL DISEASES

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE FACILITY IS THE PREVENTION, CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF ANIMAL AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES. THEREFORE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BRING YOUR ANIMALS FOR INSPECTION HERE AT THE DIPPING TANK ON THE SCHEDULED DAYS SO THAT ANY ILL HEALTH IN THE LIVESTOCK MAY BE DETECTED EARLY. YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT FAILURE TO BRING YOUR LIVESTOCK HERE WARRANTS PROSECUTION.

LET ME ALSO ENCOURAGE EVERY LIVESTOCK OWNER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR LIVESTOCK STAY FREE FROM ANIMAL DISEASES BY MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE TIMEOUSLY VACCINATED AND TO REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS SYMPTOMS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK TO VETERINARY OFFICIALS SO THAT YOU MAY BE ADVISED ACCORDINGLY.  

 

LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ACCORDING TO THE LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION ACT 2001 (ACT NO: 13 OF 2001) IT IS MANDATORY THAT ALL CATTLE IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE A BRAND MARK AND AN EAR TAG TO PROVIDE OWNERSHIP INFORMATION FOR TRACEABILITY PURPOSES, AS SUCH CALVES ARE EXPECTED TO BE  EAR TAGGED  NOT LATER THAN FOUR (4) WEEKS FROM BIRTH.  FARMERS ARE THEREFORE URGED TO TAG THEIR CALVES AT THE STIPULATED AGE. DIPPING TANK COMMITTEES ARE REQUESTED TO WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE VETERINARY OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT ALL ANIMALS IN THEIR DIPPING TANKS ARE EAR TAGGED ON TIME.

UNCONTROLLED FIRES

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ON ANOTHER NOTE I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT EMASWATI CONTINUE TO LITERALLY PLAY WITH FIRE. DESPITE GOVERNMENTS WARNING THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD AVOID VELD FIRES AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR BECAUSE IT IS DRY AND WINDY.

 MAY I AGAIN APPEAL TO THE NATION TO IMMEDIATELY STOP BURNING, AT LEAST UNTIL THE COUNTRY RECEIVES THE FIRST RAINS OF THE COMING SEASON. EVEN THEN, IT IS ADVISABLE THAT ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BURN AROUND HIS HOME MUST SEEK PERMISSION FROM THE MINISTRY AND FURTHER NOTIFY HIS /HER NEIGHBORS ABOUT HIS INTENTION SO THAT HE /SHE MAY BE ASSISTED ACCORDINGLY.  

 

GOAT COMMERCIALIZATION

THESE DAYS THE MINISTRY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING ESWADE AND PRIVATE SECTOR, IS PROMOTING THE PRODUCTION OF GOAT. GOAT PRODUCTION REMAINS THE LEAST DEVELOPED VALUE CHAIN YET GOATS ARE EASY TO PRODUCE AND ARE QUICKER TO GROW TO MARKET SIZE. THE MORE GOATS ONE SELLS THE MORE MONEY ONE MAKES AND THAT IS COMMERCIALIZATION.

VARIOUS STUDIES BY THE MINISTRY HAVE INDICATED THAT OUR GOATS HAVE BECOME SMALLER (STUNTED) DUE TO INBREEDING AND ALSO THE KIDS (EMAZINYANE) DIE OF DISEASES, PARTICULARLY WORMS. IT IS IN THIS REGARD THAT THE MINISTRY HAS DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT ENTAILS THREE INTERVENTIONS

  1. ANNUAL EXCHANGE OF BUCKS (TIWEWE) TO GET NEW BLOOD AND AVOID INBREEDING
  2. VACCINATION PROGRAM AND DEWORMING PROGRAM FOR THE GOAT KIDS. THE SYSTEM USED FOR VACCINATION IS CALLED THE FAMACHA SYSTEM.
  3. FINISHING OR FEEDLOTING FOR UP TO 30 DAYS. THE MARKET WANTS GOOD QUALITY MEAT AND FEEDING THE GOATS FOR 30 DAYS IS ENOUGH TO IMPROVE THEIR CONDITION.

THE MINISTRY AND PRIVATE SECTOR ARE CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO EMPOWER YOU, OUR FARMERS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THESE WORKSHOPS.

  • AUGUST IS DEDICATED TO THE COLLECTION OF LIVESTOCK CENSUS. YOU ARE REQUESTED TO COOPERATE WITH THE MINISTRY’S OFFICIALS DURING THIS EXERCISE. PLEASE PROVIDE ACCURATE FIGURES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY.
  • IN SEPTEMBER GOVERNMENT WILL CONDUCT THE ANNUAL RABIES VACCINATION CAMPAIGN. THE VACCINE IS ALREADY AVAILABLE AND THE MINISTRY IS WORKING ON THE LOGISTICS OF DELIVERING THE VACCINE. AGAIN EVERY DOG OWNER IS REQUESTED TO AVAIL HIS DOGS FOR VACCINATION. THE GLOBAL RABIES ELIMINATION GOAL IS ‘ZERO CASES OF DOG MEDIATED RABIES BY 2030’. HOWEVER FOR ESWATINI THE TARGET IS ZERO BY 2022 PLEASE.

 

CONCLUSION

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN CONSIDERING ALL WHAT I HAVE SAID MAY I AT THIS JUNCTURE  PASS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE DIP TANK COMMITTEE AND LIVESTOCK OWNERS FOR A MAGNIFICENT WORK DONE, WITHOUT THEM THIS DAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SUCCESS. I, THEREFORE, SALUTE THEM FOR THE JOB WELL DONE.

HAVING SAID THAT MAY I APPEAL TO THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS FACILITY IS WELL KEPT AND WELL LOOKED AFTER SO THAT IT MAY LAST LONG AND BE USED BY GENERATIONS TO COME.

IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO DECLARE THAT LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK NO: 019 IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPENED.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

EXTRA INFORMATION

POPULATION FOR OTHER STOCK

SPECIES

NO, OF OWNERS

TOTAL NO, OF STOCK

CATTLE

76

880

GOATS

39

428

SHEEP

1

4

DONKEYS

0

0

HORSES

0

0

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